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August 27, 2012

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Michaela

This looked amazing. If you're ever looking for a 4th person to join on your adventures, I'd love to be considered :).

Adrienne

I want to hear more about what backcountry camping entails. I.e., did you have to haul your own cooking stuff to your campsite? Also...bathrooms. Hole in the ground? There's a lot of great places in the NW to do back-country camping but I'm not sure if I'm brave enough yet.

Catherine

Sure thing! This was my second backcountry adventure, so I'm a little more experienced now...

-Yes, you have to bring your own cooking stuff and food. There's lots of pre-made, dehydrated packets you can buy, though. You'd probably need at least a gas stove, a pot, and a water filter. Plus soap, a towel, knife, bowls, utensils, garbage bags... plus rope and bear sacks if you're hiking in bear country. But all this stuff is really light and portable. What I really learned on this trip is that you basically pack no clothes and wear the same stuff day after day and all the other room in your pack goes towards the food/safety type of stuff.

-bathrooms: at the sites we camped at in Glacier, there were what were called "pit toilets" which was basically the most primitive of outhouses/portapotties. However, when I went backcountry in Yellowstone a couple of years ago, we had this: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pLXDKfVlVbk/Tl1EjaZoXrI/AAAAAAAADAU/cIx1lEg3NaA/s1600/DSCN0724.JPG

...not as ideal. No walls there. And I imagine you've got even less in other backcountry sites, in which case you have to bring a trowel to dig a hole, and pack out all toilet paper (yes, the used TP).

GlacierGuides.com was a great experience for us - our guide packed all the cooking stuff (we each carried about 5-8 pounds of food) and explained the stuff we didn't know to us. Now we feel comfortable enough to do our next backcountry trip on our own. I'd highly recommend them if you ever go to Glacier, and I'm sure similar services exist for other parks.

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